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  • acauap

    him pac and nas, the real goats

    Il y a 21 jours
  • adamofgenesis

    Rakim the God MC, your favorite rapper's favorite rapper. Without Rakim, rap wouldn't be the same. A true legend if there ever was one.

    juin 2014
  • adamofgenesis

    If you think KRS is over rated, go listen to him in BDP, specifically the album "Criminal Minded" but "By Any Means Nessecary" good in it's own right, or go listen to his solo album "Return of The Boom Bap" or "I Got Next". You listen to those and don't like him, I don't know what to tell you.

    juin 2014
  • Pentiik

    King of real RAP !

    février 2014
  • High-Tech

    HopsinStan - this man truly sucks. [][] Lol.. Troll is obvious, obvious is troll.

    février 2014
  • A5troBlack

    Cant get into this guy at all, I only like 2 songs which is Paid in Full and Microphone fiend other than that his music sounds dated to me. I respect his influence on the game tho.

    février 2014
  • ketamineface

    Rakim is sick, one of the greatest.

    janvier 2014
  • Gaffes

    Simply the most talented MC of all time.

    décembre 2013
  • DickBigems

    KRS's skills are a little overrated...

    décembre 2013
  • jussi_m

    v Sure, great as in highly influential and stuff but not skills wise like Rakim or KRS in my book

    novembre 2013
  • DickBigems

    @jussi_m - Melle Mel, Kool Moe Dee, LL Cool J, Schoolly D...

    novembre 2013
  • jussi_m

    I think KRS was the first great MC, but I'm not exactly sure who started earlier of these two..

    octobre 2013
  • SimonePerrota

    v Exactly...

    juillet 2013
  • Music-Ninja

    Rakim was THE first great MC, but that doesn't mean he's the best ever.

    juillet 2013
  • SimonePerrota

    I'm aware of Rakim's (impressive) attributes but is he really the master of all them? I think he's been at least equalled in certain departments... Also, when I say dude's solo albums are overrated (some people seem to think this words equates to "it's actually shit") that doesn't mean I'm saying they're subpar, far from it... There's just a bit too much style over substance and self-worship for my taste... I guess most people tend to overlook a few too many simplistic/dated beats when they're familiar with Rakim or know what he's about as an artist. Rakim still very much embodies an era when production was largely secondary to rapping. Unforunately that doesn't excuse the shoddy work on The Seventh Seal...

    juillet 2013
  • SimonePerrota

    @david-1992 - "You'll never see that talent if you keep convincing yourself he isn't nice" ...more or less putting words in my mouth (where do I say, or imply, that Rakim isn't nice?) isn't an ideal way to prove me wrong... How you can find the his solo joints superior on balance (especially production-wise) to the ones with Eric B. is truly beyond me. Paid In Full is iconic for its sound - you simply cannot say that about The 18th Letter of The Master. "it's as if the purists and east coast heads feel they're obligated to put him on a pedestal." <- that's the shit you should be focusing you attention on. It irritates me when people harp on about rhyme schemes and technical proficiency above all else - as if aspects like quality of songwriting, beat selection, overall presentation etc. have no business determining the outcome... Your reaction is a knee-jerk one and sort of proves the point I made in my initial post. Perhaps you'd care to read it (properly) again...

    juillet 2013
  • HopsinStan

    this man truly sucks.

    juillet 2013
  • DickBigems

    @david-1992 - SimonePerrota is a friend of mine and I'm pretty sure he's heard Ra's entire discog, front to back. His solo work just isn't groundbreaking as his earlier work is, and I think Rakim's lyrics from his later albums with Eric B are basically on par with his solo stuff. The memorablility and influence of his earlier lyrics from Paid in Full hold more merit to me. The songs on his solo work just are generally less notable. Sonically, you could even say his earlier work with Eric B is more interesting, there's more variations and things like that in songs like "Paid in Full" and "Eric B. is President".

    juillet 2013
  • david-1992

    @SimonePerrota his solo shit is UNDERrated, you ask the majority of hip-hop heads what their top 5 Rakim tracks are and 9 out of 10 people will give you 5 tracks he did with Eric B. The beats on his solo tracks are better, the lines are better, rhyme schemes are more complex. He put himself on the pedestal by being nicer than most MCs. Others need to step up. The more you listen to him the more you realize his talent. You'll never see that talent if you keep convincing yourself he isn't nice. Listen to his albums The Master and The 18th Letter from start to finish. Listen to the lyrics and rhyme schemes carefully. In hip-hop a 'whole verse' is when an MC uses one rhyme throughout an entire verse. Name me 1 hip-hop track when someone uses 3 whole verses in one song, check Rakim-It's the R

    juillet 2013
  • fat_abbat

    The 7th seal is underrated. The production isn't even that bad. Dope album [3]

    juillet 2013
  • SimonePerrota

    Rakim's solo shit is a little overrated and has been for more than a minute... Rakim paved the way for probably the most beloved period in hip-hop (the VERY late '80s-mid '90s) and I think this is a big reason why he gets so much love - it's as if the purists and east coast heads feel they're obligated to put him on a pedestal. I'm not saying he's not up there at the top (how could I?!) but damn...

    juillet 2013
  • MrAudico

    Yo, guys, you need to watch this: https://vimeo.com/65215638 It's a Rakim lecture.

    juin 2013
  • Hollie452

    Greatest MC of all time!

    juin 2013
  • david-1992

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7ISvMptU6Sk Unreleased track off The Seventh Seal called 'What's wrong' produced by Marco Polo

    mars 2013
  • GyN070X

    Rakim is the best for me

    février 2013
  • Wolfdogg1

    The GREATEST MC to ever live. If you disagree, your wrong. Take some time to listen to his content, style, flow, and rhythm. You will agree.

    octobre 2012
  • DickBigems

    His lack of material after The Master is disheartening and one of the reasons he's not at my number one slot, though he'll likely stay in my top five for a good while. The Seventh Seal was decent, subpar for a "God". I'm hopeful that he'll release some better material in the future (with Premo specifically).

    septembre 2012
  • TuNa_DriNk

    The 7th seal is underrated. The production isn't even that bad. Dope album [2]

    septembre 2012
  • GRAFFULTRAS

    ..G.O.D.

    août 2012
  • cokeboy2

    @FrankyRey Sorry to say, but most hip hop heads avoid his most mainstream stuff..some of it is alright but most it is for kids who think he's the ''best whit3 rappa eva!!''.

    juillet 2012
  • nicejumping

    "he musical genre of hip hop"

    juin 2012
  • IxCLuTcH

    The 7th seal is underrated. The production isn't even that bad. Dope album

    juin 2012
  • Kaydigi

    Rakim is the greatest emcee of all timez,,,

    juin 2012
  • Chingy314

    nobody can't fuck with rakim's flow and lyrics! he is s god mc and muthafucking rap legend!

    mai 2012
  • andrey_guss

    батько

    mai 2012
  • david-1992

    IxCLuTcH i'm not disregarding his whole career I used to listen to him all the time up until about 06 but for FrankyRey to say he's better than Rakim is a joke, and he says at the end of 25 to life 'fuck you hiphop', he says he's quitting but it must have been for dramatic effect or somethin, and @FrankyRey crossin over into pop territory doesn't make you a better hiphop artist, there are artists who are more lyrically advanced than rakim but eminem in his prime didn't raise the bar, at best he was on the same level as rakim, eminems influences include masta ace, rakim, big daddy kane and kool g rap but he hasnt raised the bar since either, lyrically or musically, so for eminem to be in the charts a lot and have more listeners online than rakim after the way rakim changed the game goes to show eminem is more overrated than rakim

    avril 2012
  • FrankyRey

    And I'm not dissing by Rakim by any means...I'm just saying that SINCE he's come out there has been better...and that's saying something.

    avril 2012
  • FrankyRey

    Honestly the fact that Eminem has been able to crossover into pop territory should be more credit to him...he's been able to remain relevant in the mainstream and be recognized by hip hop heads....

    avril 2012
  • Music-Ninja

    he is called GOD EMCEE for a reason

    avril 2012
  • IxCLuTcH

    There has been plenty of people to use Hip Hop as a metaphor for a girl since Common. And Eminem i'm not sure is talking about Hip Hop because he mentions quitting but he clearly isn't retired. Yes Eminem has gone down hill the past few years, but he had those first few albums that were true hip hop, with dope lyrics and production. Don't disregard his whole career because of what he is now.

    avril 2012
  • david-1992

    @FrankyRey: Rakim changed the game, you can hear it when you listen to hip-hop artists that made music before Rakim then compare them to artists that came out after him, he revolutionised hip-hop, Eminem put out a few nice albums, but Em gets more credit than Rakim, Em is way more overrated coz he makes pop/rap, Rakim makes hip-hop/art, plus Em steals lyrics and concepts, in Spellbound Eminem says 'love is evil, spell it backwards ill show you', rakim said 'love backwards is evil' on his song Uplift (more than 10 years before Em put Spellbound out) and in 25 to life Em talks about a woman then reveals at the end of the song he was talkin about hip-hop, Common did the exact same thing on his song I used to love H.E.R more than 15 years before Em put out 25 to life, plus Kanye, Kid Cudi and Lupe are in your top 10

    avril 2012
  • FrankyRey

    Honestly, he is a bit overrated. He was awesome for his time...but there are several who have come since that are just lyrically advanced... Mostly Em...

    avril 2012
  • DropSoap

    Not even half a million listeners? Jesus christ, hip-hop.

    avril 2012
  • NIGGAAPLEASE

    Rakim is the best Mc regarding Lyrics! Lyrical master i would place him in my top 5, besides Keith,Doom,Slick Rick and Ghostface Killah

    avril 2012
  • IxCLuTcH

    Listen to UBR by Nas, he says it himself, Rakim is the top dog. I said Rakim was the 2nd greatest MC behind Pac, and before Nas and Big. My friend was arguing with me though saying Nas and Big were better. Rakim influenced everybody who came after him. Like Masta Ace said "the student can't fuck with the teacher" haha I could use some new material though, it's been a long time...

    mars 2012
  • david-1992

    @MCMastermind60: Nas is a disciple MC to the God Ra, KRS and G Rap battlin it out for the title of Jesus MC

    mars 2012
  • cWalkerTHPS

    GOD EMCEE [2]

    février 2012
  • sillygoosey11

    GOD EMCEE

    février 2012
  • wutangkillah777

    Favorite rapper period

    janvier 2012
  • Jonchino

    Happy Birthday Rakim :)

    janvier 2012